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OpenLearn Live: 9th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 9th February 2016 Creative commons image Gareth Lovering Photography under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Feb 2016
The king who saw a tree bend and embraced peace and the day when pancakes are centre stage. Free learning at the heart of your world.

OpenLearn Live: 8th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 8th February 2016 Creative commons image David Evans under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
The Welsh king who stands alongside Alfred and Charlemagne; fearing death and celebrating a new New Year. Free learning from your world, ...

Year of The Monkey: Chinese New Year

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Year of The Monkey: Chinese New Year Copyrighted image Copyright: Queeniemao | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jan 2016
As we enter the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese horoscope, a guide to making your new year wishes - and what the start of the Monkey may...

OpenLearn Live: 21st January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 21st January 2016 Creative commons image German Federal Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jan 2016
The writer who was hounded by the Nazis and the anti-Communists. Then more free learning through the day.

Shakespeare Speaks

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Shakespeare Speaks Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC Learning English
Introductory level Updated 19 Jan 2016
Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.

OpenLearn Live: 18th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 18th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: West German government
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2016
Telling tales of rural Germany from the heart of Berlin. Then more free learning through the day.

Explore Welsh & Wales with OpenLearn

Explore Welsh & Wales with OpenLearn Creative commons image GeeHock under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2016
Get to know the language, identity and culture of Wales better by listening to our podcasts or taking a Welsh course.

OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 12th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jan 2016
The French poet who nearly won a Nobel 12 times; why the Himalayas keep growing; and what sharks use their noses for. Then more free learning...

David Bowie: identity is creativity

David Bowie: identity is creativity Creative commons image Mike Burns under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
Bowie's constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art, says Frank Monaghan.

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Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
This free course, Discovering Wales and Welsh, introduces you to who the Welsh people are via a brief look at history and two significant figures,...

Spanish: espacios públicos

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Spanish: espacios públicos Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Jan 2016
Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Spanish: Espacios públicos,...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 07 Jan 2016
Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese,...

Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

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Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: Mike Truman
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 07 Jan 2016
Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Beginners’ Spanish: food and...

Rundblick: beginners' German

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Rundblick: beginners' German
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Jan 2016
Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course, Rundblick: beginners' German, will take you on a journey through German...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Copyright: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the...

Croeso: Beginners' Welsh

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Croeso: Beginners' Welsh Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 02 Nov 2015
This free course, Croeso: Beginners' Welsh, is taken from Croeso, a beginners' language module that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for...

Spanish: Con mis propias manos

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Spanish: Con mis propias manos Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Aug 2015
This free course, Spanish: Con mis propias manos, is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking societies and...

Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: © Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, Beginners' Italian: Food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian caf, as well as on greeting and introducing...

Beginners’ French: food and drink

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Beginners’ French: food and drink Copyrighted image Copyright: © Ian Shaw/Alamy.
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: Food and...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...